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Glass Art by Clarence Hunt
Clarence Hunt is a Taylorville native born and raised. He has many talents from his service in the military, beautiful craftsmanship, restoring old headstones in abandoned graveyards, and even race car driving. I want to share Mr. Huntís extraordinary talent regarding his glasswork. He has created many beautiful works of art using one of the most challenging art materials: Glass! Being invited into Mr. Hunt’s Auburn home was like walking into a museum of his own making. So many displays of various forms of art line the house, giving it a warm and comfortable feel. I was transported to multiple times and locations through the stories Mr. Hunt shared with me about the work he has done over the years. Mr. Hunt’s work is fun and creative, Opening the mind to endless possibilities. The bows and arrow took me back to a time of great imagination when I would play warriors in the backyard with my siblings—hoping to come across the sacred treasure of the magic bow. Surely, this work of magic could be overcome enemy. Even the animals can transport you to a desert, meadow, or the depths of waters below. The faces have a mixture of colors and texture, which give the art the feel of discovery from ancient ruins, your favorite childhood character, and space exploration.
This face is made using old beer bottles loving called (Bat Face)
This face is made using clear broken glass shards (Space Face)
This blue face is made using melted blue marbles (Marble Face)
These bows and arrows are made almost entirely out of glass. No the bows aren’t functional, but they are fascinating to the imagination.
This zebra was crafted by tracing the shapes and layering the glass. The textures of the glass make an already eye-catching animal more dazzling.
Mr. Hunt made the butterfly similar to the zebra. Mr. Hunt traced the butterfly and used plated glass to fashion the butterfly. Its warm tones mimic that of a monarch butterfly, which can typically be found in lavender fields.
hummingbird was no easy task for Mr. Hunt. He says the most challenging part of making this delicate bird was crafting the beak into place. Its gorgeous colors shine brilliantly under the light, making the creation almost as hard to see as a real hummingbird.
Mr. Hunt constructed this 3D model of fish swimming around beneath lily pads. Mr. Hunt fabricated the piece of art as part of a more extensive collection, his aquarium collection. This piece was once part of a larger fish tank; over the years, Mr. Hunt deconstructed the massive creation, and it now has more minor features on display as part of the memory, even with this being a piece of a larger pie. It’s still a fantastic slice.